New Poll Shows 40% of Evangelicals Hesitant To Get Vaccinated
Even with the availability of the vaccine is increasing, Christians remain divided over receiving the shot over a variety of reasons. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, shows 40 percent of white evangelical Protestants said they likely won’t get vaccinated, compared with 25 percent of all Americans, 28 percent of white mainline Protestants and 27 percent of nonwhite Protestants. Read more about the findings here.
Alberta Police Barricade And Close Church For Coronavirus Violations
The Canadian government has closed down and fenced off a church that has been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. GraceLife Church in Edmonton now has Police vehicles blocking entrances to the parking lot of and temporary fencing erected around the building. The pastor, James Coates, was arrested for violating public-health orders and held in jail for a month. The government vows the church will stay closed until the shows it will comply with public-health measures meant to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more about the shutdown here.
Remains Of Christian Missionary Found In Mali
The remains of a Swiss woman who was killed while held hostage by an Al Qaeda affiliate group in Mali have been recovered, government officials said Wednesday. Beatrice Stoeckli, a Christian missionary who was kidnapped by the Islamist group in 2016 has been formally identified. Stoeckli, who lived in Mali for years working with local children, was first taken hostage in 2012, but was released days later. In 2016, she was kidnapped a second time and later killed. Read more about Stoeckli and her mission here.
Michigan Deputies Rescue Abandoned Four Month Old
In a time when police are under fire, Michigan deputies rescued a four month old boy abandoned in a wooded area by his mother, who might have been under the influence of prescription drugs. Finding the baby, in a “hypothermic state”, the officers quickly removed the baby’s wet sleeper and wrapped him in warm blankets. The deputies were responding to reports of a distraught, erratic woman banging on doors in the area. when they were able to identify the woman, she told them about her son. Police were then able to determine the events of the abandonment of the baby. Read more about the miraculous rescue here.